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Darlingtonia State Natural Site, Florence

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
Darlingtonia State Natural Site is a state park and botanical preserve located five miles north of Florence, Oregon, United States on U.S. Route 101, just west of Mercer Lake and south of Sutton Lake that is dedicated to the preservation of a rare plant.Darlingtonia californica is a carnivorous plant, commonly known as the cobra lily, which traps insects in its hollow tubular leaves, whose top is flared into a hollow dome with a forked "tongue" that gives the species its common name. In late spring, they bear purple and yellow flowers that rise above the green cobra-like leaves. Darlingtonia are found only in wet meadows and bogs with acid soils low in nitrogen. The rare, strangely shaped plant is the only member of the pitcher plant family Sarraceniaceae in Oregon.The park has a short loop trail through a peat bog area overlooking patches of Darlingtonia. It is the only Oregon state park dedicated to the protection of a single plant species.
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  • Dont miss this special place to see an endangered plant species. It will amaze you and you will not be prepared for what you will see! A very short stroll from the parking area, bathroom facilities av...  read more »
  • Have been traveling this section of the 101 for a couple of years and noticed the sign, but thought it was named after someone called Darling. Finally took the side road, and am now a tad more educate...  read more »
  • This was a nice stop over. The plants made for some nice photo ops and the short path to view them was appreciated. There is no fee, so it's just a nice little break in your day. 
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